Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series
New Jersey’s Changing Climate
Dr. Robert Kopp Climate Scientist, Geobiologist, and Climate Policy Scholar at Rutgers University's Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences Rutgers University
ABSTRACT: Around the world, sea level is rising at an accelerating rate. The rate of global average sea-level rise today is roughly three times the average rate over the last century, which was itself already the fastest rate in at least three millennia. Professor Kopp will address four questions: What do scientists know about the drivers of sealevel change, globally and regionally? How have scientists pieced together the behavior of sea level over the past several millennia? What can scientists say about sea-level rise over the coming decades and centuries? And how can society manage the risks these changes are creating?
BIOGRAPHY: Robert Kopp is Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. He also serves as co-director of Rutgers’ Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) initiative, which trains graduate students to work together across disciplines and with stakeholders to address coastal resilience challenges, and as a director of the Climate Impact Lab, a multi-institutional collaboration applying climate modeling, econometrics, and Big Data approaches to assess the economic risks of climate change. Prof. Kopp's research focuses on past and future sea-level change, on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy, and on the use of climate risk information in decision making. He is a lead author of Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report. Prof. Kopp is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s James B. Macelwane and William Gilbert Medals and the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)’s Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal.